Delta Sky High on Roanoke Region

Roanoke Featured in Delta Sky MagazineIf you fly Delta Airlines this April, you may find some familiar faces in the seat back pocket. Delta’s in-flight entertainment magazine Sky profiled the Roanoke Region for the upcoming issue, which features Richard Branson on the cover. 

Split into three parts over 30 pages, the profile features the best the Roanoke Region and the New River Valley have to offer in the realms of business and tourism. Beautiful photos of the area are spread throughout, interspersed with “My Roanoke” sidebars featuring quotes from locals such as Carilion Clinic CEO Nancy Agee, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers, musician Nicole Yun, and Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside of Black Dog Salvage . 

The feature begins by touting the region’s rebound from the Great Recession and its diverse economic turnaround in a section titled “Virginia in the Vanguard.” Roanoke’s health care industry, higher education, branding of the outdoors, and other factors, were cited as reasons for the region’s resurgence over the past decade. 

The second segment of the profile focuses on the tourism industry, outdoor access, and cultural amenities of the region. Along with recommending a trip up Mill Mountain and a ride on the greenway, author Jenny Kincaid Boone lauded the growing craft beer and farm-to-table restaurant scenes, proving Roanoke is ahead of the cultural curve. 

Keep an eye out for the issue during your next trip. 

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Verizon Adding 30 Jobs to Roanoke Call Center

VerizonVerizon is expanding its workforce in the Roanoke Region. The cellular and cable company will be hiring 30 additional sales and service representatives to it’s Roanoke call center on Franklin Road, SW. The jobs will pay between $14 and $31 per hour, plus benefits and tuition assistance. 

For more information about the hiring and how to apply, see the Verizon press release below:

Verizon to Hire 30 Additional Sales and Service
Representatives in Roanoke, Va.

ROANOKE, Va. – Verizon is hiring 30 additional full-time sales and service consultants at the company’s consumer call center here to handle a wide range of customer-care functions.
“Verizon is delivering the cutting-edge products and services that enable people to live digital lifestyles, and we need great people to help delight consumers,” said Christopher D. Childs, president of consumer and mass business markets for Verizon’s Potomac region. “This is a great opportunity to work for a dynamic and evolving company that’s been repeatedly lauded by DiversityInc and Working Mother magazines as a great place to work.”
Verizon has similarly been cited by G.I. Jobs, Latina Style and numerous other outside organizations for its attractiveness as a workplace.
The sales and service consultants will work in the company’s Franklin Road, S.W. call center, handling requests about Verizon’s broadband, communications and video services from new and existing residential landline customers. Applicants must be familiar with computers and be willing to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Overtime may be required. Starting wages range from $14 to $31 per hour, plus benefits and tuition assistance. Commission and other sales bonuses, based on performance, may also be available.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for the jobs online at, by searching for jobs in Roanoke, Va.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 103 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with more than $120 billion in 2013 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 176,800. For more information, visit

Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon Named Top Spring Marathon

The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon continues to rack up accolades in its fifth year. America’s Toughest Road Marathon was recently named one of the Best Spring Marathons in the U.S. by Daily Burn. 

Here is what they said about the Roanoke Region’s most popular race:

“Like rolling hills? You better if you want to run the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, which is often hailed as ‘America’s Toughest Road Marathon’ and featured on many marathon bucket lists. A group of 750 runners will face 7,430 feet of total elevation change over the course, with three huge climbs and descents on Mill Mountain, in the Blue Ridge Parkway and up Roanoke Mountain. So how do runners endure the killer ups and downs? According to race directors ‘it’s like running through a postcard,’ and the most breathtaking views of the region’s mountains and valleys are (of course) best seen from the top. There’s also a half-marathon or 10K option available at the event, with net proceeds from all races benefiting Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.” 

This year’s marathon takes place on April 26th, 2014, and there are less than 100 spots left in the full lenth marathon. Don’t worry, though, this year’s race also features a half marathon, and the Anthem Star K 10K. With all the new races and the increase in runners, volunteers are more important than ever and a great way to be a part of the event.

Find out more about volunteering for the Blue Ridge Marathon.

New Brewery Coming to Franklin County

Chaos Mountain Brewing taking shape inside former bed factory

CALLAWAY, Va. (January 27, 2014) – There’s a new business brewing inside a former bed factory in Franklin County.

Work is wrapping up to transform the former SleepSafe Beds facility on Dillon’s Mill Road in Callaway into Chaos Mountain Brewing. Once open early this year, the microbrewery will be capable of producing 2,500 barrels of beer in the first year, eventually creating 20-25 new jobs. 

The million-dollar-plus, 20,000-square-foot project will eventually feature eight to 12 varieties of beer, bottling facility, cold storage and office space. It will include a tasting room, open to the public within view of brewing tanks. 

“Chaos Mountain is part of a growing microbrewing industry in the Roanoke Region and across Virginia,” said owner Joe Hallock. “The East Coast is several years behind the West Coast in the growth of the craft beer industry. This part of the state is within two days shipping to 75 percent of the United States.  We see a lot of potential in the Roanoke Region and the Mid-Atlantic.

“Originally we were going to name the brewery after Cahas Mountain, where the building is located,” Hallock added. “But we realized Chaos was a more fitting name.  It lends itself to more interesting beer names and, as we like to say, “Chaos is brewing!” 

Workers have been busy renovating the interior, installing floor drains, staging equipment and framing rooms.  Joe and his wife, Wendy, are doing much of the work themselves, joined by son Ben.  The brewery has space for 30 tanks, each holding 30 barrels of beer. The plant will have a long-term production capacity of 25,000 barrels per year, or more than 325,000 cases of bottled beer per year. The brewery will use a well as its water source. The water has been tested as high quality and essentially neutral, negating the need to remove anything from the water.  

The Franklin County Board of Supervisors provided financial assistance to the project, which also is receiving assistance from the Roanoke Regional Partnership and Virginia Jobs Investment Program.  

Brewing beer is big business. There are more than 40 breweries in Virginia, a 25 percent increase in the past two years. In the Roanoke Region alone, there are five microbrews and 11 within an hour of downtown Roanoke. Chaos Mountain is the second in Franklin County after Sunken City Brewing Company opened last year.

The Franklin County Board of Supervisors worked to achieve this new business announcement within the community.  Board Chairman David Cundiff stated, “We are proud to have a company like Chaos Mountain Brewing opening in Franklin County.  As the second brewery in the county, this announcement proves that this community is an advantageous place for entrepreneurs, especially craft brewers, to locate and grow their businesses.”

“Chaos Mountain has recognized that the Roanoke Region offers craft breweries a host of advantages, starting with quality water and low costs of doing business,” said Ann Blair Miller, director of project management for the Roanoke Regional Partnership. “As Chaos Mountain looks to future growth, it’s also important to be within a day’s truck drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population. And our region’s outdoor-oriented culture typically draws fans of microbrews.” 


The Roanoke Regional Partnership markets Alleghany, Botetourt, Franklin and Roanoke counties, Roanoke, Salem, and Vinton to new and expanding industry.  Since 1983, the Partnership has assisted expansions and locations representing $1.4 billion in new investment and 14,000 direct new jobs in the region. To learn more, please visit

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